Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Carthage woman charged with murdering two-year-old

The Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney's office has added a charge of second degree murder against the 20-year-old Carthage woman who told police she had slammed two-year-old Emalata Hoeft's head against a hard surface three times August 29, resulting in the child's death.

Tearra Diane Olson was initially charged with felony abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death. That charge remains.

Olson was living with the child's father, Albert Steven O'Conner. She told police that Emalata Hoeft was crying and out of frustration she hit the child's head against the hard surface.

Olson and O'Conner left the girl at home, locked in her room with a sippy cup, while he worked at Butterball and she worked at Flex-O-Lators, according to the affidavit.

O'Conner was charged with a felony endangering the welfare of a child was bound over for trial following an October 14 preliminary hearing.

The next hearing in O'Conner's case is scheduled for 9 a.m. November 2.

A hearing is scheduled 9:05 a.m. October 28 in Judge Joseph Hensley's courtroom for Olson.

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